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Jacketed vs Plated vs Lead

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by steve4102, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. steve4102


    Jan 2, 2009
    OK, short and sweet, what is the point of loading plated bullets?

    Of course lead is the best buy in bullets and even better if you cast them yourself. But, some indoor ranges do not allow lead bullets, so it's jacketed or plated. What I can't get my head around is, why plated? To be more specific, why would I pay more $$ for plated when I can purchase real jacketed bullets for equal or less $$? They seem like a solution to a nonexistent problem.
  2. hounds2


    Jan 2, 2009
    plated bullets are cleaner. indoor ranges like them. when reloading, they are cleaner too... lead in my blood is high and its because i am not a carefull reloader. it is something that is easily overlooked but should be paid attention to. i can buy precision delta fmj for the same price as berrys and they shoot better. but, the open base makes handling them more problematic with lead exposure. you have to be sure to wash up thouroghly after reloading. not so with plated. plated bullets dont like to be pushed either. anyting over about 900 fps will not work for my guns. good luck

  3. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    Well, for one, most FMJ have an exposed lead base. Plated bullets are completely encapsulated. In some calibers and bullet styles, plated bullets are much easier to find, and I'm sure in some instances, cheaper... (.380 comes to mind)...
  4. at_liberty


    Jun 19, 2010
    Upstate SC
    I am taking that 900 fps as relative to a specific caliber and gun, not an absolute barrier.
  5. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    As already said....

    Another option is to purchase bullets in the JHP design. The manufacturing technique of JHPs is the reverse of FMJs. Instead of the exposed lead base of an FMJ, you have a partially exposed HP in the JHP (plus a better defense round should someone approach you at a bubba range). :cool:
  6. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm 10mm Advocate

    Plated bullets historically have been cheaper than jacketed. Recently prices went all over the place during the demand spike and the volatile lead market. They are starting to decrease back to where they were a few years ago. I use plated both in my commercial ammo and in personal ammo. I only use jacketed bullets for defense loads.

    There are some bullet manufacturers that sell jacketed bullets for cheaper than the rest of the crowd. One that comes to mind is Montana Gold, which uses the cheaper brass jacket rather than copper/gilding metal.
  7. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    As Freak mentioned... Montana gold sells CMJ bullets, which means COMPLETE metal jacket, the base is not exposed and it is not plated but jacketed.

    I love their 147gr 9mm, about the same price as PD I think as MG's prices include shipping (and assuming you're buying a large order, such as 3000 147grainers).